March 5, 2014
It all started back on Saturday, May 13th, 1961, when our Founder, Chairman and CEO Gordon Reid opened the original Giant Tiger store in Ottawa—and the rest, as they say, is history! Back then, Mr. Reid launched the business with a $15,000 investment and by the end of the first year, had rung up sales of $139,781. We were off to a great start!
The business was built on a simple idea—keep the cost of operation low and sell a large volume of merchandise at everyday low prices. And things haven’t changed much in that regard over the more than 50 years we’ve been in business.